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All About the Peru Visa
Planning a trip to the third-largest country in South America?
Before you start organising your tour of Machu Picchu and other bucket list sites, you’ll need to research the country’s travel authorisation requirements.
Peru is a popular tourist destination and citizens of almost 100 nations can enter here visa-free. This includes citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the United States.
These nationals will be given a stamp in their passport on entry to the country that is valid for 30, 60, 90 or 183 days. This serves as your Peru visitor visa in the eyes of immigration officials. Ensure that the passport you’re travelling with is valid for at least 90 days after your arrival or else you may be denied entry.
There are also agreements in place with many other South American countries and some of these citizens can even travel to Peru with just their I.D card.
Alternatively, citizens of other countries, such as Indian nationals, do require travel authorisation. This must be applied for in advance via the Peruvian embassy. All visitors who aren’t from one of the visa-exempt countries must obtain a travel pass from one of the Peruvian diplomatic missions in their home country.
Continue reading to find out what paperwork you require for your trip to the ‘land of abundance.’ From the tiny oasis town of Huacachina to Lake Titicaca, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
Peru Visa Application Process
For those coming from a visa-exempt country (see full list below), you will be issued your ‘tourist visa’ for free at your port of entry and it will be stamped into your passport on arrival.
Those travellers who do require advance travel authorisation must apply at a Peruvian diplomatic mission. There is currently no eVisa for Peru offered.
To obtain your paperwork, you will be required to fill in a Peru visa application form. As well as this, you will need to submit some supporting documents. This includes trip confirmation details and passport photos. You can find out more about this in the ‘Form and Documents’ section below.
Find out where the nearest Peruvian embassy is to you here.
Visiting Peru on a business trip?
If you travel regularly for business purposes, then you may be eligible for an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card (ABTC). This travel authorisation gives the holder pre-clearance for short-term business travel of up to 60 or 90 days.
How do I apply for an ABTC?
Each of the participating economies has its own set of guidelines and processes for applying for an ABTC. Refer to your home economy’s rules regarding the ABTC for detailed information on the application process and cost.
As an example, Australian citizens can find information about obtaining the ABTC on the Australian home affair government site. The application is done online by creating an account on this portal.
Peru Visa Requirements and Eligibility
As we mentioned, citizens of almost 100 countries can enter Peru without obtaining prior travel authorisation. You will, however, require a passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your date of arrival in the country.
Peru is well used to welcoming tourists with several million visiting this destination every year to visit sites like The Sacred Valley and the Paracas National Reserve.
Nationals of the majority of the countries listed below can visit Peru for tourism purposes visa-free for up to 183 days. This applies to US and Australian citizens among others.
Please note, if you’re a citizen of a Schengen member state, you can stay in Peru for up to 90 days within 180 days without a visa.
If you hold a Costa Rican or a Panamanian passport, you can stay in the country for 90 days per visit.
Citizens of these countries are visa-exempt:
All European Union citizens
Antigua and Barbuda
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Citizens of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and Uruguay can enter the country with their national ID document.
Remember, if you are not from one of the exempt countries, you will need to apply for your travel authorisation at the embassy or consulate closest to you.
Peru Visa Form and Documents
Which form you fill out and what supporting documentation is required depends on whether you are applying for a tourist visa or a business one.
The Peruvian embassy will be able to provide you with full details of what documents are needed depending on the purpose of your visit and your nationality.
Many travellers only require a visa if they are visiting for purposes other than tourism. To apply for this travel authorisation, you must hold a current passport that is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your date of arrival.
If you are applying for a Peru business visa, you will need to fill out the DGC 005 form provided by the consulate.
This form contains the following fields:
- Number and type of passport
- Marital status
- First name
- Last name
- Place of birth
- Full address and contact number in Peru
- Permanent address
- Country of residence
- Contact phone number
You will also need to provide a photo, biometric information and your signature.
You will also need to submit a number of supporting documents. Typical supporting documents required to obtain a Peru business visa include:
Passport scan, completed form and passport photos
- 1 photocopy of the front and back sides of your passport.
- 2 DGC 005 forms completed in block letters using black ink.
- 2 recent passport-size colour photographs (4.3 x 3.5 cm) with a white background.
- A formal letter from your employer, mentioning the company profile, how long you’ve worked for them and the purpose of your trip.
- Proof of registration of the company.
- An apostilled invitation letter (written in English or Spanish) from the local business associate.
Travel itinerary details & proof of financial solvency
- Round-trip ticket reservation.
- Day by day detailed itinerary while in Peru.
- Hotel reservation(s) or other proof of accommodation bookings.
- Proof of financial solvency, e.g. bank statements, salary slips (this is mandatory even if the trip is sponsored).
Other documents may also be requested, at the discretion of the embassy or consulate. An example of this could be a completed Personal Income Tax Return Form.
Peru Visa Status Check
Wondering how long it will take to process your Peru visa application? It can take up to 30 days, however, most applications are processed in less time than this.
If you’ve already applied, you can check the status of your application by getting in touch with the consulate where you submitted your application. If your visa has been denied, the embassy will contact you directly.
How Much Is a Travel to Peru Visa?
How much you will pay depends on what country you are from and what type of travel pass you are applying for. As an example, the embassy in Sydney charges 30 PEN (Peruvian Soles) for the business visa. A Consular Sol is equivalent to approximately 1 USD in local currency.
What is the APEC Business Travel Card?
The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) is a travel pass issued to business travellers and senior government officials who meet certain requirements.
Those travellers bearing an APEC card containing the ‘PER’ code on the reverse can enter Peru visa-free for up to 90 days on business trips.
ABTCs are issued to nationals of the following countries that meet the eligibility criteria:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
More Peru Visa Questions and Information
Still got some lingering questions about planning your trip? Our FAQ section is here to help you feel extra confident about what travel documentation you require.